- MORE ON VITALITY
"Kildin, Inari, Skolt and South Sámi languages are all spoken by 300 to 1000 individuals. Although these four
varieties risk being replaced by the dominating languages, they are transmitted to children at home in some families and/or in special scholastic immersion environments known as “language nests” for a smaller number of children, and language emersion camps for adolescents. Therefore, they are not immediately threatened by extinction”
- GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
- Russian Federation's 1991 law on language states that "Russian citizens have the right to obtain education in their own languages if it is possible to organize it"
- INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
- Textbooks, radio broadcasts in Lovozero
- LANGUAGE CONTEXT COMMENTS
Sámi is used as a supplmentary language in one kindergarten in Lovozero and in "mother tongue" instruction for 2-3 hours/week at one school in Lovozero for grades 1-4 (this is in reality foreign language instruction for the students.) There is a Sámi radio station in Lovozero that transmits 25 minutes/week of Kildin Sámi.
"The Sámi associations in the Murmansk area and the Kola Sámi Documentation Project have produced teaching materials, grammars, an online Kildin Sámi–Russian dictionary, arranged several language courses, conversation circles and immersion education for young people. This immersion education took the form of intensive two week camps during the summer of 2007 and 2008, where the participants were trained by elderly mother tongue speakers who spoke only Sámi to them (Rießler and Scheller 2007; Scheller 2008).”